Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious! This copycat grey stuff recipe is an Oreo mousse served on top of a soft sugar cookie! Fun for kids and tasty enough for adults!
If you’ve read much on my site, you’ll know I love Disney and Disney food. After trying the grey stuff gateau at Red Rose Tavern at Disneyland (one of my favorite ever Disneyland food items), I knew I wanted to try and recreate the recipe at home!
They also have the grey stuff as one of the dessert options at Be Our Guest Restaurant in Disney World – it’s similar but not served on a sugar cookie like at Disneyland, but you could totally use this as a copycat recipe for that too!
This grey stuff recipe is super simple to make and reminds me of the one they serve at Disneyland. It’s perfect for a Disney themed party, a princess party, or really just a fun Disney themed afternoon snack!
And if you’re not sure what grey stuff is – it’s an Oreo type mousse/frosting that’s plated on top of a soft sugar cookie. The combination of the two together made everyone at my recent princess party deem this the best of all the princess party food!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Easy recipe – if you can make boxed pudding, you can make this recipe. It’s just a matter of mixing together a couple of ingredients then piping the mousse like frosting onto cookies!
- Oreo flavor – the base of this recipe is Oreos, or cookies and cream as Disney calls it, but unlike these Oreo truffles, it’s not just an Oreo flavor. The flavor is actually pretty complex and delicious.
- Kids can help – let kids help you mix the ingredients together, pipe the grey stuff onto the cookies, and even add sprinkles on the top! It’s pretty fool-proof, so this is a great recipe for little helpers!
- Milk – I always recommend whole milk for recipes like this where you want them to be thick and have a richness to them. If you don’t have whole milk and use something with less fat, the mixture likely won’t be quite as thick.
- Vanilla and chocolate pudding mix – I recommend the instant pudding mix so it sets faster but either one works. If you use something other than instant, make sure to let it chill for the entire hour!
- Oreos – I recommend the regular, not double-stuff Oreos, for these so that you have more of the cookie and less of the cream. That’ll give you a better consistency than the double-stuffed variation.
- Sugar cookies – you can really use any type of sugar cookies you want. It’s good with these cut out sugar cookies, these cream cheese sugar cookies, and honestly even these orange sugar cookies. If you want to go the easiest route, you could always just buy sugar cookies as well.
- Edible sugar pearls – sugar pearls, sprinkles, whatever you want to use to decorate the grey stuff works just fine. They just use the little pearls on them at Disneyland, which is why I recommended those. They also put little raspberry sugar crystals on theirs if you want to get real particular.
Let me start by saying you might be tempted to read through these instructions and just mix everything together (because it seems like it’s possible to just do it that way). And let me stop you there – don’t do that.
There’s a reason the recipe is written the way it is. Even though everything eventually gets mixed together, you need to follow the steps as outlined below to make sure the pudding sets properly, things are cooled, etc.
Okay so now that we have that straight, here’s how you make this grey stuff recipe!
Start by mixing your milk and vanilla pudding mix in a large bowl. Cover the mixture and put it in the fridge for about an hour until it firms up. If you are using instant pudding, it’ll firm up much quicker.
While the pudding is chilling, put your Oreos in a zipper plastic bag and use a rolling pin to roll over the bag until the Oreos are all completely crushed.
Alternately if you have a food processor, you could also just toss them in there and pulse until you have Oreo crumbles.
Add the Oreo crumbs to the vanilla pudding once the pudding is set and mix well.
Whip in the whipped topping and chocolate pudding mix, keep stirring until they are completely combined. It may take a few minutes, but you should eventually see the nice grey color you’re looking for.
Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
Make piping less messy by placing the piping bag inside of a large plastic cup (or glass) with the tip in the bottom of the cup and the opening of the piping bag folded over the rim of the cup. Spoon the grey stuff into the piping bag then remove from the cup – no messy grey stuff on the outside of the piping bag!
Top with sugar pearls, sprinkles, and any other decorations you’d like. These edible roses would be a really fun addition!
And there you go – grey stuff just like they have at Disneyland and Disney World! Or if you’re not going for a Disney or princess theme, you could totally just call this Oreo mousse or something like that and get away with serving it for anything!
Pipe grey stuff on cookies then keep at room temperature until serving. Just like with cupcakes, the piped grey stuff can start to melt if you have it outside at hot temperatures. It should be mostly okay but I recommend not leaving it out in the heat for too long.
Enjoy these the day you make them. They’re not great kept in the fridge because the cookies tend to get hard.
The grey stuff is a delicious mixture of Oreo crumbles, vanilla pudding, chocolate pudding, and whipped topping. The combination of the Oreos and puddings give it that iconic grey coloring.
If you want to try the actual grey stuff at Disney, you can get it at Rose Red Tavern at Disneyland and Be Our Guest Restaurant in Magic Kingdom at Disney World.
More Disney Recipes
- Frozen hot chocolate – if there’s any drink that I could imagine Elsa drinking, it would be this frozen hot chocolate! It’s rich, refreshing, and absolutely delicious.
- Fairy bread – while not technically a Disney recipe, this fun fairy bread could easily be part of a Disney menu to represent Fairy Godmother, Tinkerbell, or really any of the other fairies in the movies!
- Tropical mocktail – this Moana inspired mocktail would be the perfect addition to any tropical, under the sea, or Disney menu!
- Mickey cake pops – this copycat recipe is inspired by the yummy Mickey Mouse cake pops you can get from Disney Springs at Walt Disney World!
Grey Stuff Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk
- 3.4 oz box of vanilla pudding mix
- 15 Oreos
- 8 oz whipped topping like cool whip
- 3 TBS chocolate pudding mix dry
- 12 sugar cookies
- edible sugar pearls, sprinkles, or other decorations
- Mix you milk and vanilla pudding mix in a large bowl. Put in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour, or until thickened.
- Place Oreos in a plastic zipper bag and use a rolling pin to crush them into small crumbles. You could also do this in by pulsing them in a food processor if you have one.
- Add Oreo crumbles to the set vanilla pudding and mix well.
- Add whipped topping and chocolate pudding mix to the vanilla pudding mixture and fold them in, folding them in until they're completely incorporated into the mixture.
- Let mixture chill for at least an hour or until firm.
- Using a star piping tip, pipe swirls of the grey stuff on top of sugar cookies.
- Add sprinkles, candy pearls, or other decorations to the top of the grey stuff.
- Enjoy immediately or sometime that day.